A day off - page 4

Has this every happened to you? You actually have two days in a row off from work. You have no plans in particular, but have a few things to do that you've been putting off all week because you... Read More

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    A day off is always mine. They can call. They can beg. I have responded to some Mass Casualty Incidents, not drills.
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    Quote from beano
    Has this every happened to you? You actually have two days in a row off from work. You have no plans in particular, but have a few things to do that you've been putting off all week because you were too tired from work. You go out, get the oil changed (you've pushed it to 4000 miles this time), buy some cat food for your cat (who's been eating left over human food for the past week) stop by the post office to get some stamps so you can finally mail the now belated birthday card to your brother. When you return home, you find not one, but three guilt provoking messages from work asking if you could come in. What do you do?
    It's the job of the hospital and unit managers to have enough people hired to cover the unit. Now, if there was a flu epidemic making its way around, or something similar, it's understandable that they would call people on their days off. But not as an ongoing routine.

    BTW, I work nights and although I rarely ever hear from work during the day, I have all the ringers on my phones turned off. When I get up, I check for messages. I'm not important enough that the world will stop w/o my input for a few hours. :chuckle
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    Say no. It's as simple as that if you don't want to work on a day off. And if you are exhausted I'd suggest not going into work as it's not worth putting your license on the line. In order to provide quality care to others we need to take care of ourselves first.
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    :heartbeatyour day off is just that.....a day off ! don't feel guilty. just don't answer the phone.
    you owe them no explanations. best of luck !

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    1) This post is old but still applies to the current world of nursing. :stone

    2) We all hate to leave cowokers hangin but know that your probably not the only one who is saying NO!

    3) I learned this the hard way when I picked up many shifts in a row probably more than was safe for myself & my pts and I vowed not to do it again.

    4) We have to take care of ourselves also or that will make staffing short too if we get rundown.

    5) I now know how to say NO!
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    My facility has been very short of staff for the last two weeks. I have been scheduled to work double shifts and still they call asking me to work. Um, duh I can't work 24 hours and I refuse to work back to back to back doubles...it's too draining and dangerous. They called today but I need to finish my X-mas shopping so I just looked at the caller ID and let it ring. I won't even answer because I don't feel like dealing with the begging or the attempt to make me feel guilty. Btw, I don't feel guilty, maybe if they treated their nurses better they would have enough staff but I digress.
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    [font="comic sans ms"]i bought my first answering machine because of calls from work begging me to come in on my day off. in those days (early 1980s) we were working 8 hour shifts and i could count on a call at 0500, 1300 and 2100 -- two hours before the start of each shift. and once i got married, there were two or three calls before the start of each shift. one begging him to come in, one begging me and one begging either of us to please come in. if you said no, they marked that down by your name on a list. three "nos" and you were counseled. it was easier to just let the machine get it. i still screen my calls! now, since the advent of caller id i'm still not safe. the charge nurses will call on their personal cell phones so that the work number doesn't come up on your caller id! i just don't answer the phone anymore unless i know who is calling and i want to talk to them!
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    Nancy Reagan taught us all, just say "No"
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    It is wonderful having an answering machine. Everyone deserves a day off. When I received those messages I promptly erased them.

    Just say "NO" if you want to do so.

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    Easy one - not return the call.

    As someone who works 4 days a week, every week, I need the rest of those days off to spend with my family, as well as needing time to decompress.
    Last edit by JennRN65 on Dec 23, '08

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